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What was Watergate?
Kilian, Pamela.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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133 pages ; 22 cm
Recounts the events of the political scandal known as Watergate, which resulted in the resignation of President Nixon.
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"A Thomas Dunne book."
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E860 .K55 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Recounts the events of the political scandal known as Watergate, which resulted in the resignation of President Nixon.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-12. A journalistic history--fair, direct, and factual--this gives a lively account of a great national drama. Kilian allows the events to unfold like a suspense story: from the break-in and the cover-up to the fight for the White House tapes, and then, the stunning revelations and, finally, the president's resignation. She sketches in the political and historical background (especially the deep conflict about Vietnam) and the roles of the main participants (from those in the White House to special prosecutor Archibald Cox). She also includes occasional startling quotes from the court and congressional hearings and from the tapes themselves. Her concern is with the basic constitutional issues (especially the central question: is the president above the law?), and she focuses always on the political rather than the personal (we learn little about Nixon's family relationships except as they emerge in public). Ideal cocurricular reading in courses on contemporary history, government, and ethics, the account is also for teens who want to know about the 1970s' government-shaking confrontation they've always heard about. No notes, but included are a detailed chronology, an annotated list of major characters, and a useful bibliography; to be indexed. ~--Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8-10-- A fine book that answers the title question and clearly explains the events and impact of the Watergate scandal. Kilian opens with an account of the failed break-in at the Watergate Hotel and then provides some good background information about both the disruptions the Vietnam War caused in the U. S. and the gradual corruption of the Nixon administration as it faced those difficulties. The rest of the book is arranged in chronological order, unfolding each stage of the crisis and ending with Nixon's resignation and, in brief, the aftermath of Watergate. The book's only weakness is that it lacks sufficient analysis to show how Watergate affected the country. Nevertheless, Kilian presents Nixon's actions objectively in this well-written book with short chapters that allow readers to understand events without being overwhelmed by details. Because of its chronological arrangement and Kilian's extensive use of background information, this is much more interesting and easy to follow than Feinberg's Watergate: Scandal in the White House (Watts, 1990). --Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.